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As the saying goes, it’s better to give than receive, except if you forget about an occasion and find yourself without a gift. Robyn Spizman, author of “Make It Memorable, is here to the rescue. creative gift ideas that will make people think you spent a lot of time on it and still make it memorable. She was invited on “Today” to show us what you can do when you are stuck for a solution. Here are some of her tips:

Gift-giving necessities:Rubbermaid Ribbon Holder. It fits ribbons up to 1 ¼”-wide and keeps them from getting tangled. $13; www.rubbermaid.comRubbermaid Horizontal Wrapping Station. This holds five rolls, has pockets and hangs over the door or rolls up under the bed or in a closet.$20; www.rubbermaid.comBirthday gifts
NameDate baby shoes. Need a gift for parents who just had their third or fourth child and have everything? This shoe is the one that started it all and is still the most popular. It’s hand-sewn, hand lasted, and made of soft leather. You can have one name (up to 11 letters) and birth date embossed in gold leaf. It comes in one size (fits ages 1 month to 6 months) It’s a lifetime keepsake.$26.50 including shipping;; 800-546-8566

Boys and girls ages 4 and upPipsqueak Marker Portfolio, Crayola Color, Wonder Maker & Paper set , Pipsqueak Marker Tower, and the Crayon Tower.$8 to $15; or 1-800-CRAYOLA
What else can you give to kids when you don’t know what to give? Have classic books on hand and then bring them to life by adding some “extras.” Here are some suggestions:“Good Night Moon” with a set of onesies “The Foot Book” with colorful socks. “The Hungry Caterpillar” set with a stuffed caterpillar, which includes a teether and a stuffed caterpillar.“Monkeys on the Bed” set with book. This soft plush toy set includes all the characters from the timeless children’s rhyme: Mama, the doctor and the five mischievous monkeys, along with their famously jumpable bed, as well as the storybook.$32;

Tweens and teensiTunes Gift Cards and gift certificates make it easy to give specific songs, albums, playlists, audio books, music videos, and TV shows to anyone you choose. The ease of purchase and redemption combined with the significant worldwide popularity of iTunes make iTunes gift cards the perfect last-minute gift.$15, $25 and $50;; 1-800-MY-APPLE

Thank-you giftsYou stayed at a friend’s home for the weekend, or she watched your kids or dog. What do you give? Soup. Grandma’s Chicken Soup offers “Just Soup,” which includes of gallon (4 to 6 servings) of Grandma’s chicken soup with noodles and/or matzo balls. Or you can order the “Original,” which includes soup with Grandma’s Chicken Soup jumbo ceramic mug, a matching jumbo spoon, Westminster Oyster Crackers, Whimsical Hand Decorated Chicken shaped Sugar Cookie and Signature Carrot Pen. Just Soup”: $29.00 plus shipping; “Original”: $39.50 plus shipping:;  877-363-SOUP (7687)

Welcome a new neighbor or co-workerWilton Cupcakes 'N More Dessert Stand: A fresh and fun way to display your cupcakes and muffins for brunch or a party. The 4 tier design and wire spirals securely hold 23 cupcake in place while adding an exciting centerpiece to your table. $33.00 or 1-800-499-0996Birthday gifts for a friendCreate your own gift-a- month club with a magazine subscription. Grab a magazine, send in the card and then bundle it up with related items. Here are some suggestions:

  • Cooking Light with a spatula, kitchen tools in a mixing bowl set
  • Coastal Living with beach blanket in a bucket
  • Better Homes & Garden with a straw tote filled with gardening tools
  • Sports Illustrated in a cooler with a water bottle, a sports cap, etc.